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In response to county and state health guidance in North Carolina and Virginia to slow the spread of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced on April 1 that planned seasonal facility openings and operations originally scheduled to begin between before May 1 are now postponed until fu…

Wayne W. Otto, 64, of Boone, N.C., passed away March 31, 2020.

Nell Lowe Edmisten, 89, of Boone, N.C., passed away Wednesday …

I feel obligated to introduce a countervailing voice to some of the recent opinion pieces published here that have been critical of contemporary progressive politics. It is not my intention to direct any insults at individuals or to demean another's beliefs. I do feel that I must point out t…

The message from the executive director of Casting Bread Food Pantry, an organization that operates and is built on the faith that is the foundation of FaithBridge United Methodist Church, is one that has been echoed from every food pantry in Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties: The need is gre…

Senator Bernie Sanders’ call for socialism has resonated among many Americans, particularly young Americans. They’ve fallen prey to the idea of a paradise here on Earth where things are free and there’s little want. But socialists never reveal what turns out to be their true agenda. Let’s lo…